GOING TO PIECES: THE RISE AND FALL...
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Adam Rockoff (book author)
What's it about
Starz! Presents a 2 hour documentary regarding (what else) the rise of the slasher genre during the early eighties, and its eventual fall later on in the nineties.
Is it good movie?
Have you seen the film Metal: A Headbanger's Journey? If not, I simply must recommend you to check it out, even if your interest in heavy metal music is only fleeting. That particular film hits every base about why people enjoy metal music, what makes it popular, what comprises it, and why it thrives.
This documentary is the horror movie equivalent of that particular film.
If you're a horror movie fan, you have to find this, watch it, and add it to your collection.
This feature covers all of the bases. Every single one of them. Important people in horror are all over this thing. I'm talking Greg Nicotero,Wes Craven, Sean Cunningham, Tom F'n Savini, John Carpenter, the head of Fangoria magazine, even Mrs.Voorhees herself, Betsy Palmer. They're all over this bad boy, talking about what makes the slasher genre tick.
The film is split into sections, from the roots of the slasher, to the effects, to the rip-offs, to the sequels, to the audience, to what makes the films work, you name it. It's chock full of awesome information about how much ass slashers used to kick at the box office, and the human psychology behind why we want to see these flicks (we are animals at our core, you know), It even talks about the controversy that surrounded the slasher pic, with women being depicted as the constant victims, and of course, the Silent Night, Deadly Night outcry that got the film initially yanked from theatres. Your favorite horror series are also profiled in depth, like Halloween, the Friday films, and Nightmare on Elm Street as well.
There are also plenty of nasty, gory film clips from all of your favorite slashers. Unfortunately, if you haven't seen many of these movies, this movie can often give away their best parts, and the clips can go on for too long sometimes.
Also, I don't know if this is due to the disc being a pre-release version, but the generic Halloween theme playing during the interstitial bumpers really grated on my nerves.
Still though, this was an awesome documentary, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
Video / Audio
If you want to show your friends, or cannot articulate to anyone else why you love slasher flicks (or why they should give 'em a chance), this is the way to do it. It covers every base, and completely rocks. Awesome.